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Day: February 5, 2012

Being an atheist does not mean you have to be alone.

I came across an article this weekend which highlight very well the difficulties with being an atheist in the United States, particularly in the small towns. I don’t have so many of these difficulties over the past few years, as I have been fortunate enough to be able to surround myself with sympathetic friends and an atheistic social circle. However, it was not aways like this for me, and I still remember the days when it was really a big deal to be able to tell anyone I had doubts about the existence of God without expecting an argument or a pitying, judgmental look. So for the last couple of years I lived with my parents I mostly tried to keep my mouth shut while these heretical ideas simmered inside of me, and the inability to express my thoughts and feelings made me very irritable. I have the strong feeling that this is where the stereotype of the “angry atheist” comes from: try living in a community where you have to keep who you are and what you think silent for fear social repercussions or other consequences, while being constantly bombarded with the message that those who think like you are, at best, abnormal, flawed, and “sinful.” It’s not a pretty picture. I count myself as being very fortunate. When I was accidentally outed to my parents it caused some conflict, though the repercussions were not...

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Lasik: One Month Update

It’s been one month since my Lasik surgery, and I must say I am quite pleased with the result. I went to my optometrist for my one month post-op exam, and he informs me that my vision is now 20/20, aka normal. The slight irritation and feeling of having something in my eye has gone away, and over the past couple of days I have been experiencing less of the dryness as well. I still see a halo effect around bright lights, but they have diminished somewhat and are not an issue with driving at night. The things we do with science. Absolutely...

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